ISBE President’s February Blog – a busy year ahead


ISBE President’s February BLOG – a busy year ahead

In addition to our ever-popular annual conference (in Belfast this year, November 8-9th,  with our theme of ‘Borders’, prosperity and entrepreneurial responses), ISBE is busy organizing a series of workshops and other events throughout 2017 for our members and wider network. We are always delighted to hear about ideas for future events from our network; if you have a proposal for a workshop, please do get in touch with our Head of Marketing, Rob Edwards at

We were pleased to support a one-day seminar and workshop in partnership with Newcastle University last month, exploring Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA). ISBE were happy to offer its members a discounted delegate rate.

Our Special Interest Groups, (SIGs), continue to be at the centre of ISBE’s ongoing strategy and development. As a testament to the importance that we place on our SIGs, we are currently recruiting for a Board Trustee to serve as our Vice-President for Communities, a new position on the Institute’s executive Board, charged with supporting the growth of our existing groups and the establishment of new Communities of Interest (COIs) and SIGs.

We are pleased that our SIGs are actively organizing their own events this year. Our Entrepreneurship Studies Network SIG is hosting its 2nd ‘Entrepreneurship as Practice, PhD & Research workshop’ at University College Dublin from the 20th to the 21st of February. Our longest-standing SIG, the Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) also continues to offer some excellent events for its membership. Their Confreat (conference-retreat) runs again 17-18th July, offering participants a supportive and encouraging environment in which to discuss their research and publishing activities.

We are also currently planning several fascinating workshops this year, many in partnership with similar associations and organizations. Details will be advertised via our monthly bulletin and on the ISBE website. Confirmed topics will include ‘Entrepreneurial Policy’ and ‘Entrepreneurial Strategic Leadership. Members are urged to keep an eye on the Institutes website for more details in the coming weeks. Furthermore, if your institution or association would be interested in offering an event in partnership with ISBE this year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please contact Rob at the link above. We saw again at our Paris conference last October that ISBE’s membership extends far beyond the UK, and would be interested in hearing from our international network about potential joint events.

Even before the Paris conference, we had begun work on planning the ISBE conference in Belfast in 2017 and it is set to be one of our best events yet. For those who would like to present a paper, I invite you to submit an abstract when the submission window opens on March the 6th, and, if you are unable to present a paper this year, I hope that you will still join us a delegate when registration opens on the 6th. The Institute is your Institute, and you are assured a very warm welcome in Belfast this November.

Pauric McGowan
President, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Ulster University Business School


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